TSU hires 1st-time coach Eddie George hoping for revival

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State is banking on Eddie George's name, connections and football knowledge as a former NFL running back to return the proud program with 13 Black national championships to national prominence. TSU, a historically Black college or university, introduced George at a news conference Tuesday inside the Gentry Center with the Aristocrat of Bands on hand. Athletic director Mikki Allen said his priority when hired a year ago was to renew the standard of excellence.

Tennessee State to make “major announcement” on athletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State has scheduled a Tuesday news conference for a ''major announcement,'' with former NFL running back Eddie George expected to be introduced as the new football coach. TSU announced Monday that coach Rod Reed's contract is not being renewed after 11 seasons. ''After thoroughly evaluating the state of the TSU football program, we've decided that it was time to make a change in leadership,'' said athletic director Mikki Allen, who was hired a year ago.

Hess, Bunch help SE Missouri St. beat Tennessee St. 46-23

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Geno Hess ran for three touchdowns, Andrew Bunch accounted for two more, and Southeast Missouri State beat Tennessee State 46-23 on Sunday in the season finale for both teams. Hess finished with 11 carries for 83 yards. Bunch was 12-of-22 passing for 182 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Zack Smith on the first play of the second quarter that made it 23-6, and added a 9-yard scoring run.